Fresh First

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 73 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Dedicated Gluten-Free Facility, Gluten Free Menu + 11 more

1637 Southeast 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 Directions

(954) 763-3344
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    5 ratingSeptember 04, 2017

    Heaven. Such a treat to not have to go through the whole celiac spiel and the food is awesome. Ate here all weekend I was at the convention center.

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    5 ratingAugust 29, 2017

    This place is awesome. 100% gluten free, many options. Kids had the chicken burger, they loved it. Service and food are great. A bit pricey though.

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    5 ratingAugust 27, 2017

    Delicious food from a dedicated gf restaurant. I'm impressed. If it was closer to me I'd go much more often

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    5 ratingAugust 24, 2017

    Entire restaurant is GF!

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    5 ratingAugust 24, 2017

    great food and staff. very friendly atmosphere! woll definitely visit again when I'm in Fort Lauderdale. Love being able to order anything on the menu.

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    5 ratingAugust 24, 2017

    I'm celiac and I love walking in and being able to order everything they serve. Food is delicious, service is excellent, and the atmosphere is friendly. I bring many friends here.

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    5 ratingAugust 09, 2017

    Such a great place! I have nothing to add to the other reviews, except to say that the Celiacs, vegetarians and omnivores in our party all loved their food. We'll come back every time we're in Ft. Lauderdale!

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    5 ratingAugust 02, 2017

    Amazing menu and completely gluten free!

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    5 ratingJuly 31, 2017

    I discovered Fresh First when I attended a convention at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center across the street. I went for lunch and loved it. My daughter and I went there twice yesterday for breakfast and lunch while attending another convention and my daughter loved it too. It's great to be able to order anything from the menu knowing everything is gluten free. This place is not just a good gluten free restaurant... it's a great restaurant that just happens to be gluten free.

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    5 ratingJuly 30, 2017

    Waffle is amazing along with the chocolate chip cookie! Great feeling having someone cook you breakfast and you have no fear of contamination.

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    5 ratingJuly 09, 2017

    Amazing breakfast. Everything is made fresh onsite. Something for everyone.

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    5 ratingJuly 04, 2017

    Dedicated gluten free facility. Great and fresh menu options. Chicken and waffles!

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    5 ratingJune 16, 2017

    Amazing!!! My daughters both have celiac and this is the first time in almost 3 years they can eat anything off the menu they want. Tons of choices! Good food, and healthy! Good server wasn't very friendly but doesn't matter when my children can eat safely!

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    4 ratingJune 02, 2017

    Lots of good gluten free options to stock up on when visiting Fort Lauderdale. Equal to the options we have in NYC so I was impressed. A bit pricey but that seems the usual for gluten free living.

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    5 ratingMay 07, 2017

    My favorite breakfast in Ft. Lauderdale. Clean, friendly, and celiac safe.

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    5 ratingApril 02, 2017

    I love this restaurant so much. We were in town for two days & I would have happily eaten here every meal. The first day I had chicken & waffles for lunch- so good! The second day I had grilled cheese and tried my tablemates' Greek yogurt and mac & cheese. Also had a chai soda! All was so good. Just sad I wasn't in town long enough to sample more of the menu, & will be dreaming about that chicken & waffles!

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    5 ratingFebruary 11, 2017

    I had the Eggs Benedict and they were fantastic. Staff was very friendly and helpful. we will be going back again.

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    5 ratingDecember 29, 2016

    Outrageous orange and waffle egg sandwich... one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten!

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    5 ratingDecember 08, 2016

    I'm so happy I could cry.

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    5 ratingSeptember 14, 2016

    So delicious! And the service was excellent.

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    5 ratingSeptember 11, 2016

    Worth a trip! Delicious and nutritious GF food. Smoothies and waffles! The service and quality were great. Everything is GF and I did not get sick.

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    5 ratingAugust 23, 2016

    Lussious lemonadeπŸ‘πŸ½

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    5 ratingAugust 06, 2016

    Best food every. The pancake where great

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    5 ratingAugust 03, 2016

    When I realized that EVERYTHING in the whole entire restaurant was gluten-free, I almost cried. I haven't felt more relaxed and satisfied and normal at a restaurant since I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I had a scrumptious omelet with a side of waffle bread and griddles potatoes, and took a red velvet cupcake for the road. The service was amazing and compassionate, and the owner spent a long time talking with us and commiserating with my parties various food allergies. Love this place.

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    5 ratingAugust 01, 2016

    The best chocolate chip pancakes I've ever had!!

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    5 ratingJuly 30, 2016

    Ate here six times in three days. Everything is amazing and gf. Even my non gf employees were very pleased! Prices are reasonable too!

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    5 ratingJuly 28, 2016

    100% gluten free. Everything is made in house. Very knowledgeable staff. My wife could order anything on the menu, something she is not used to.

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    5 ratingJuly 16, 2016

    Great staff- good food

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    5 ratingMay 29, 2016

    Fresh First is amazing. We ate here three times in the span of two days. The food is straight up delicious, it's dedicated gluten free! And the staff are warm, friendly and caring. This is one of those... Let's move so we can eat here sort of places. If you're in ft lauderdale... Go to fresh first!

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    5 ratingApril 29, 2016

    I just stole a piece of chocolate chip pancakes off of my kid's plate, something I haven't done in a long time. At Fresh First it was possible since it is completely gluten free. This place is great. I highly recommend the chicken and waffles. It was amazing and looked so good it prompted the person at the adjacent table to ask what I had ordered. My wife had the eggs Benedict with turkey bacon which was also great. The kids pancakes were excellent and taste like what I remember real pancakes tasting like. I wish I lived near here to come often. They also have some food (muffins, cookies, chips) you can buy to go.

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    5 ratingMarch 11, 2016

    We had a hard time finding this place, but I am *so* glad that we did!!! I love that the whole restaurant is gluten-free. If I remember right, one of my picky eaters ordered macaroni and cheese. The other one didn't eat much. I ordered a raw sprouted-lentil burger, with huge raw kale leaves as the bun. The burger tasted really good, very "meat-y," even though it was actually raw and vegan. The huge kale leaves were really enormous, but I love kale, so I was okay with that. My kids split the last chocolate chip cookie of the day. I was sad to miss out, so I ordered the chocolate turtle instead, expecting it to be a pale second-best. Wrong! The chocolate turtle was AMAZING!!!! It didn't look like any other chocolate turtle that I have ever seen -- it was mostly a circle of raw vegan caramel (made from blenderized dates), with a layer of gooey chocolate on top -- but it was absolutely fabulous!! I think it was my favorite part of our entire trip to Fort Lauderdale. Yum!!!

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    5 ratingMarch 05, 2016

    Amazing BLT! And wonderful double chocolate chip cookies! Will be back!!!

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    5 ratingFebruary 16, 2016

    Great food, nice and clean dining room. We had a sweetheart of a waitress and although it was lunch time they still made breakfast for us. Eggs Benedict was awesome, waffle with bananas and walnuts was light and fluffy. The Chicken spinach burger was so tasty and the perfect size. Will definitely go back , now worries about contamination here!

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    4 ratingFebruary 16, 2016

    This place is not closed, they are very open and very delicious! I had the chicken burger, a little expensive for such a small sandwich but worth it. I just wish they had beef or pork, all they have is tuna and chicken for meat options. Another downside is that a lot of their food contains soy which is great for vegans but not for someone with hormone imbalance like me!

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    1 ratingJanuary 18, 2016

    They closed this location!

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    5 ratingJanuary 05, 2016

    Great food, great staff and since I have Celiac I feel safe there! It's so nice to order anything off a menu and not worry about getting sick. The mushroom turkey burger is amazing! The grilled chicken sandwich too!

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    5 ratingDecember 06, 2015

    the food was excellent! I've never had fluffy pancakes until this place. I will definitely visit again.

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    5 ratingNovember 08, 2015

    Food is fantastic!! The waffle sandwiches are the best! I don't live in the area but I have been here a few times while traveling and I have never been disappointed!

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    5 ratingOctober 17, 2015

    wonderful food. had the zucchini putanesca with spiralized zucchini. delicious. husband's had a rice bowl that was also good. It is so great to eat great food that is good for me without having to make it myself.

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    5 ratingAugust 07, 2015

    Best gluten free option for out to eat dining that I have ever been to!~ My favorite place to eat love love love the staff and food!!! Amazing!!!!! πŸ™πŸ’›

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    5 ratingJune 18, 2015

    Absolutely heavenly. The eggs Benedict was fabulous. A gem we didn't expect to find on our travels.

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    5 ratingMay 02, 2015

    Amazing food!! I can not even begin to write a review for Fresh First that would do them justice!! Must try!

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    5 ratingApril 02, 2015

    The place is a true gem. Gluten free and the food is excellent. I have celiac disease and gluten effects me greatly. This restaurant is clean, fresh, organic, delicious, and just fabulous. I was in town for four days and went to Fresh First everyday for lunch! Everything I have ordered was delicious. The juices are great too. I would give this place 10star if I could!!

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    5 ratingMarch 31, 2015

    Luckily we found this on our first day here, the food is fabulous, and safe. There is no chance of cross contamination so eating here is stress free. Abby our server was sweet, helpful and a pleasure to speak with. We had the opportunity to speak with one of the owners who was equally pleasant. We will eat breakfast here everyone morning during our stay in Ft. Lauderdale.

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    5 ratingMarch 16, 2015

    I have had celiac now for about 6 years... Just found Fresh First today on vacation and it was THE BEST MOST AMAZING Gluten Free meal I've had since being diagnosed. Everything was delicious from waffle to panini to grilled cheese sandwich (on waffle bread!) I highly recommend anyone GF it's a MUST! I only wish we could have on in New York City

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    5 ratingFebruary 18, 2015

    I can highly recommend the waffle.

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    5 ratingJanuary 27, 2015

    I agree! Please open for dinner. Food is amazing and so nice to not worry about getting sick :)

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    5 ratingOctober 15, 2014

    Congrats FF, you've perfected the GF menu! Now PLEASE open for dinner!!!😊

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    5 ratingOctober 14, 2014

    Visiting from Texas. Found that the restaurants in the greater Ft Lauderdale area are way behind on gluten free provisions. Doesn't seem as important here. However, I ate at this place today and it was awesome. I'm Celiac and I felt very safe here. The food was delicious, the service was excellent!! Definitely recommend Fresh First! I had the cauliflower soup, also diary free, the turkey burger on their homemade bread with sweet potato/red potato salad and a banana muffin. Everything was perfect. Plan on eating there tomorrow too!

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    5 ratingAugust 16, 2014

    This place is like heaven for Celiacs!!! You must try the hot sauce, it's especially good on the potatoes salad!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Dedicated Gluten-Free Facility
  • Dessert
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Pancakes
  • Sandwiches
  • Waffles

Categories

  • Breakfast
  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free
  • Juice Bar
  • Lunch
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Vegan Friendly
Monday
8 am - 3 pm
Tuesday
8 am - 3 pm
Wednesday
8 am - 3 pm
Thursday
8 am - 3 pm
Friday
8 am - 3 pm
Saturday
8 am - 3 pm
Sunday
8 am - 3 pm

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